Risk and Luck in Medical Ethics

Polity (2003)

Donna Dickenson
Birkbeck, University of London
This book examines the moral luck paradox, relating it to Kantian, consequentialist and virtue-based approaches to ethics. It also applies the paradox to areas in medical ethics, including allocation of scarce medical resources, informed consent to treatment, withholding life-sustaining treatment, psychiatry, reproductive ethics, genetic testing and medical research. If risk and luck are taken seriously, it might seem to follow that we cannot develop any definite moral standards, that we are doomed to moral relativism. However, Dickenson offers strong counter-arguments to this view that enable us to think in terms of universal standards.
Keywords Medical ethics  Risk  Uncertainty  Kant  Moral relativism
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Call number R725.5.D533 2003
ISBN(s) 0745621457
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